JCPenny 33RD & 6TH MERRY Metrocard

December 3rd, 2010

JCPenny at 33rd & 6th in Manhattan is advertising on the back of the Metrocard. Penny’s wants you to JCPca$h $10 off when you spend $50 now through 1/2/11.

Redbird seating area in Sunnyside Gardens park

September 27th, 2010

amNewYork ran a photo in today’s newspaper (Play section, page 9) of a seating area shaped like a redbird subway car. The interesting lawn furniture is located in Sunnyside Gardens park.

Water condition at 21 St – Van Alst station causes G train delays

August 20th, 2010

The following MTA NYCT Subway service alert was posted this morning for the G train because of a “water condition” at  the 21 St – Van Alst station:

Misery for the G

Water? At 21 St – Van Alst? YA THINK?!!?

These photos are from four years ago. So I hope they get right on that…

Metro-North Railroad may purchase double decker commuter coaches

August 16th, 2010

NJT's Multilevel Railcars, which may or may not resemble what MNCR may or may not end up purchasing.

Many media outlets are reporting this morning that Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCR) is seriously considering purchasing double decker rail cars for its Hudson and Harlem commuter lines, which terminate at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

One interesting aspect of this idea is that MNCR’s Park Avenue tunnel, which leads to Grand Central Terminal, has more restrictive clearances than even the Hudson (North) and East River tunnels used by NJ Transit and LIRR’s multilevel/bilevel cars.

While multilevel trains are typically taller than regular trains, officials in the region have found ways to deal with the narrow clearance of underwater and underground tunnels that provide access into Manhattan. At New Jersey Transit, the bilevel cars feature a sharply beveled roof, which curves at a roughly 45-degree angle to ensure the trains do not scrape against walls.

Metro-North engineers believe their trains would require an even steeper bevel to avoid the walls of the Park Avenue tunnel. And low-hanging wires and underground protrusions might have to be trimmed back.

Other problems/issues to be considered/resolved may or may not include gapping-out when crossing the switches at Grand Central Terminal, HEP ratings, and locomotive availability. However, as usual, some of these issues, as reported by the media, are either much more or much less complicated than they are making them out to be.

Read here what some railfans and railroad employees have to say about all this.

Bx10 bus accident Monday in Spuyten Duyvil

July 13th, 2010

Monday afternoon there was an accident involving a New York City Transit bus on the Bx10 route and a car. The car fared much worse than the bus it seems. The driver of the car had to be cut out with the Jaws of Life. This section of Johnson Avenue was closed for a while and all buses and cars coming down Kappock Street had to be diverted to Palisade Avenue. And all through this there was no mention of the service change on mta.info.

My wife happened upon the accident scene and took the following cell phone photos.

Note: the bus involved in the accident was 2009 Orion VII Next Generation (NG) Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) #4379.

Broken Escalators at PATH World Trade Center Station

July 1st, 2010

Apparently there was only one working up escalator this morning at PATH’s World Trade Center station. This, folks, sure looks like Pedestrian Level of Service F (LOS F).

Photo by: Remy

Henry Hudson Bridge Pedestrian Walkway has REOPENED!

June 27th, 2010

Finally, after three years, the Henry Hudson Bridge pedestrian walkway has reopened to pedestrians and cyclists! What a great connection! And what great views! Here are some quick cell phone pics I took as I walked my bike across the bridge this afternoon.


The entrance to the walkway on the Bronx side


View of the Inwood Movable Bridge and the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North train station


View of the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North train station

Metro-North New Haven Line DERAILMENT this morning

June 24th, 2010

a derailed Metro-North train is seen causing a big mess

A Metro-North/CDOT electric M.U. set derailed near the Stamford Yard this morning blocking some tracks and slowing the departure of trains from the yard. As a result service is delayed and conditions on-board are reported to be quite crowded.

Photo is from 1010 WINS. Story via MNCR, SubChat, and 1010 WINS.

Redesigned New York City Subway Map to debut in June 2010

May 28th, 2010

Concurrent with the subway service revisions planned to take effect June 27, 2010, a new subway map edition will be released that does more than just reflect the changes in service. The new map will still closely resemble the current one, with the following significant design changes:

  • Subway lines shadowed (outlined in gray)
  • Service Guide removed
  • Accessible Stations list removed
  • Bus transfer bubbles compacted
  • Parks will be olive colored
  • Water will be a deeper blue
  • Manhattan will be 30% wider
  • Staten Island will be 50% smaller
  • Other boroughs enlarged
  • Most ferry routes removed

Compare the March 2010 The Map to the New The Map:

March 2010 NYC Subway "The Map"

Proposed new NYC Subway "The Map"

Take a look at many other versions of the NYC Subway Map by browsing my gallery of map scans at Railfanwindow.com.

Source: New York Times

Awesome 1977 Amtrak and Conrail photos around Harrisburg, PA

May 23rd, 2010

All photos taken by Ed K. Enjoy!!